Happy March, Aries!
Aries: Your Month Ahead
March often brings turning points that push us forward, thanks to the astrology energies in play at this time of year. This year is no exception.
In fact, March 2018 arrives with more complex energies than usual.
For you, Aries, this month blesses you with opportunities to improve health, deepen spirituality, and add sparkle to your personality.
Read on to see what lies ahead—and how you can make March’s potential work for you.
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Your Health And Spirituality
As March begins, we have four planets in Pisces:
- The warm and powerful Sun, who always shines his light freely and generously to bring joy and optimism to our world
- Mercury, who governs thinking, communication, and commerce and brings playfulness and curiosity wherever he goes
- Venus, who governs love, beauty, and relationships—as well as money—and brings grace and sophistication to whatever she touches
- Neptune, who rules Pisces and governs dreams, the arts, and transcendent spirituality—and brings compassion, sensitivity, and an otherworldly quality to our lives
We also have a fifth player in Pisces, an asteroid called Chiron who is associated with where we feel wounded and how we heal and then help others based on our experiences. Chiron is well placed in Pisces, which is one of the signs associated with health.
Pisces is a water sign symbolized by the Fish: two fish swimming in opposite directions while bound together. Pisces helps us go beyond our individuality by enabling spiritual attunement, higher consciousness, and merging with creation’s essential unity. This gentle, sensitive sign allows us to sense higher truths through dreams and intuition. It also encourages us to apply these truths to help others through selfless service as well as inspire them through the arts, fantasy and other escapes from everyday life, and spiritual practices such as meditation.
Find out more about Pisces in my article, Pisces Time: Trust Your Intuition. Also, you can tune in to this sign’s helpful, healing energies with The Pisces Meditation, an uplifting, guided meditation.
For you, Aries, Pisces always activates your twelfth house of spirituality, solitude, health (especially psychological), and secret projects you work on anonymously or behind the scenes. All the Pisces planets will intensify your desire for time alone (perhaps to work on something you’re not ready to launch), your wish to attend to health, and your devotion to spirituality and serving others.
Use this time to look back on the past year because very soon you will start a new year with your birthday.
Your Personality And Body
On March 5, Mercury will leave Pisces for Aries, followed by Venus’s entry into Aries on March 6. You’ll begin to feel the energies shift away from the watery, emotional realm of Pisces toward the fiery, "let’s get going" arena of Aries. On March 20, the Sun leaves Pisces for Aries, giving us the official start to your month, the time of the Ram.
For you, Aries, planets in your sign energize you physically because they put fiery passion into your first house of the body and your personality. Even if your birthday comes late in your sign, as soon as the Sun enters Aries you typically will feel a lift that sustains you until your day of cake and candles arrives.
Equinox: Happy New (Spiritual And Astrological) Year!
The third week of March not only starts a new astrological month and sign but brings a new season: spring in the northern hemisphere and fall in the southern hemisphere.
Both seasons start when the amount of daylight equals the amount of darkness, making day and night last the same amount of time. Their start days come when the Sun enters Aries and when it enters the opposite sign, Libra, and are called the equinoxes. Both equinoxes offer special energies that support spirituality and meditation.
Aries, however, brings yet another gift: as the first sign of the zodiac, it starts the astrological year. According to sages and mystics, Aries also starts a new spiritual year. That makes March 20 even more powerful and important, and you can use its energies to create a new start for yourself.
Mercury Retrograde: Slow Down, Focus On "Re," Stay Flexible
Two days later, on March 22, our solar system’s smallest planet, Mercury, goes retrograde for three weeks, until April 15. From our vantage point on Earth, it will look like Mercury is moving backwards in the sky. Although it won’t actually be moving in reverse, this Mercury retrograde period will feel like all that is associated with Mercury will be in low gear or moving backwards.
Mercury rules everything related to communication, from computers and cell phones to speaking, writing, and listening. It also governs anything with moving parts, such as electronics, cars, and appliances.
When Mercury goes retrograde, generally three times a year for three weeks at a time, the areas it rules also slow down and often experience challenges.
This retrograde occurs in Aries, a fire sign that can be impulsive and impatient because it wants to go, go, GO! So we’ll feel a "push-pull" quality of wanting to keep pushing forward yet not being able to make much progress because communication and equipment may slow, break down, or pull us back to review past projects or problems.
Prepare now by backing up your computer and other devices and updating software in the first week of March. After that, you’ll begin to feel the slowdown and may see issues arise with equipment or interactions with other people.
During the retrograde, allow yourself to slow down. Avoid starting anything new, and don’t sign contracts because you won’t have all the facts or will miss something critical and have to rework the agreement later.
Instead, focus on anything "re": review, redo, rethink, recycle, reverse, restore, and so on. This is an excellent time to dust off a past project or idea and see what you can make of it. It’s also the perfect time to contact people from the past, clean closets, polish current work, or return to anything—or anywhere—you once enjoyed.
Learn more and get all the Mercury retrograde dates for this year (and coming years) in my article, Mercury Retrograde Dates, Advice.
Plan Your Month: Important Dates
This month brings several key dates to watch as you plan your month. Mark your calendar and take action (or rest) as recommended on the dates listed here so your efforts can bring progress in all areas of your life.
March 1: A full Moon in Virgo lights your sixth house of health, fitness, and work. Something will peak around this time, and you may realize you need to make health or job changes. Balance time at work with time for your spiritual life so your psychological health can remain equally strong as your physical self. This day (and the day before and day after) favor spiritual work: plan time for meditation and prayer. See my article on How To Relieve Stress – Meditate At The Right Time for details.
March 2: Mercury in your private twelfth house forms a harmonious angle with Jupiter in your eighth house of shared money. Your intuition or a dream may give you clues on how you can improve your financial situation.
March 4: The Sun joins with Neptune and Mercury merges with Venus, all in your spiritual twelfth house. Make time to meditate on higher love, heed messages from your soul, and devote some time to helping others.
March 5 and 6: Mercury and Venus leave Pisces for Aries. Feel your thoughts and emotions begin to shift from introspection to outward action.
March 8: Jupiter goes retrograde until July 10. This giant, optimistic planet entered Scorpio on October 10, 2017, bringing expansion to your joint financial house, perhaps through a gift, commission, bonus, insurance payout, or inheritance. With the retrograde, you have four months to review joint money and make improvements to strengthen your bottom line.
March 11: Your ruler, Mars, makes a helpful angle with Uranus in your sign, Aries, while the Sun nods benevolently to Pluto. Generous actions can help a personal project, and powerful people may help you behind the scenes.
March 13: The Sun in your private twelfth house links to Jupiter in your shared money house, inspiring you to align your financial life with your spirituality in "right livelihood."
March 13 – 17: The Moon enters its balsamic phase, the "dark of the Moon" time before the new Moon. Slow down, review the past month since the new Moon of February 15, and enjoy a bit of daydreaming about what you want to do in the coming month. Find out more about this mysterious monthly time in my Balsamic Moon Phase article. Also, this period is excellent for spiritual work, meditation, and prayer. See my article on How To Relieve Stress – Meditate At The Right Time for details.
March 17: A new Moon in Pisces brings your best time all year to start a project behind the scenes or to launch a new meditation practice or spiritual effort. Also, your ruler, Mars, leaves expansive Sagittarius for earthy Capricorn in your career house, firing up your professional life and earning you attention for your bold moves and high energy.
March 20: The Sun enters Aries, bringing a new astrological month, a new season, the spring equinox (fall equinox in the southern hemisphere), and a new spiritual year. Make time to meditate on this highly significant day and feel the joyful energy of new beginnings as the Sun lights up Aries. This "power day" offers natural energies supporting spiritual work and planning for the year ahead.
March 22: Mercury goes retrograde in Aries. Use your powerful thoughts to overcome impatience and let yourself slow down, review your health, assess your personality and character (and any improvements you want to make), and polish important projects. Wait until April 17 or later to sign contracts or start anything new. Get details on making the most of this period in my Mercury Retrograde Dates, Advice article.
March 23 and 24: Venus and the Sun in Aries make difficult alignments with Pluto and Mars in your career house. Keep a low profile, especially with powerful people, and avoid disputes or making assumptions. If a project goes awry, take a break to clear your head, and if someone challenges you, remain calm and request time to gather facts before responding.
March 28: Venus links happily with Uranus in Aries. You may meet someone who can help on a personal project, or you may have a creative brainstorm.
March 30: Venus leaves Aries for earthy Taurus, one of the signs she rules. Bring artistic flair to your work, chat with colleagues, and enjoy possessions that make life more comfortable and beautiful.
March 31: A second full Moon this month arrives, this time in Libra. Something related to your marriage or a business partnership or agreement will peak and give you clarity. This full Moon makes stressful alignments with several planets in your career house as well as the Sun and Mercury in your personality and health house. Be cautious with these volatile energies, as hasty speech or actions could affect important relationships or high profile projects. Time at home, connecting with parents, or exploring genealogy or deep spirituality can act as safety valves to channel these powerful energies constructively. Also, remember that full Moons (and the day before and day after) favor spiritual work, so plan time for meditation and prayer.
As you can see, March is filled with high contrast—and wave after wave of high energies. Use the guidance here to ride this month’s waves so you can reach April’s shore with pride in how you handled March’s challenges and made the most of its many opportunities.
Your Birthday Is Coming
In addition to all these dates, Aries, your birthday will arrive soon.
You will begin a new annual cycle then, with powerful energies for starting anything new. During the weeks leading up to your birthday, make time to meditate and reflect on the experiences you’ve had this past year and how well you’ve lived up to your best self.
Honor your accomplishments and analyze your challenges. Both have shaped how you grew this year and can help you create wondrous experiences in the coming year by building on what you’ve learned. Look back and enjoy all the times you expressed your best and truest self.
May your reflections bring you useful insights along with many reasons to smile at the love you shared with friends and family, the new people who entered your life, and the great things you achieved.
Happy March, Aries! I wish you a wonderful month!